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is embedded with u.s. troops in afghanistan when the taliban attack. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. a special gathering to tackle america's serious economic problems. key figures from government, business and academia came together this week in chicago for the clinton global might be difference america conference. the event was the brainchild of former president bill clinton. i sat down with him in chicago for a candid interview on the country's debt crisis, the 2012 presidential race, and much more. >> mr. president, thanks very much for joining us. good to be here. first time you've done this as far as the u.s. economy is concerned. normally it's global issues. and i want to get to that, but let's talk about some of the big issues right now. jobs, jobs, jobs. it's a crisis, a game of chicken going on in washington right now between the president, the did democrats on one side, republican leadership on the other side. how big of a deal is this august 2nd deadline for raising the debt ceiling?
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on with the taliban. do you feel the taliban should be part of afghanistan going forward? guest: the reconciliation is one of the major national programs our government already initiated. we have agreed with our international partners to have this reconciliation program. our president a couple of weeks back mentioned talks with different people going on through different channels. we have a high peace council the mainly responsible for the reconciliation. they have opened to the channel of communications. when you want to reconcile with people, you have to talk to them and open the channels for communication. there are different channels that want to reach out to opposition forces for the success of the reconciliation program. host: what about separating the taliban and al qaeda? guest: this is an afghan national program. is supported by the international community. our partners are saying it is an afghan-led reconciliation program. the afghans should be in the driving seat. we have three principles for that. the first one is to cut ties with al qaeda. the second one is to renounce violence. the th
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projectiles to militias in iraq and giving long range rockets to the taliban in afghanistan. >> heather: nato ramming up airstrikes in libya largely under gadhafi's control. rebels claim they are gaining ground and pushing towards the capital. the u.s. is dismissing gadhafi's threats of attacks on europe if flay toe's -- if nato's military intervention does not stop. >> reporter: those retaliatory strikes a not happen in , but they are happening against the rebels' stronghold here in misrata. overnight we had rockets land six miles from where we are now many they were aimed at the port, a key part of the city. a city under seen. the only supplies come in via ship. the residents who are under seen have begun to take stock of what their city looks like. there is now a deadly silence on what was misrata's main drag. people walk through the rubble, survey the damage and see what little is left. >> we come back to see our houses, we found them destroyed. all things stolen. >> reporter: in the shadow of collapsed buildings crews work to pull new telephone cables and repair the destroyed intrastruct